Field of Science

Hawk hyjinks

As my readers well know, TPP has been encouraging top predators to reside in our estate.  This AM our breakfast amusement was watching at close quarters a young red-tailed [?] hawk try to obtain a squirrel for breakfast just outside our kitchen windows. 
The most amusing aspect was the extreme audacity of the squirrels who feeling invincible when in a familiar tree at times actually aggressively confronted the hawk who was quite confused by it all.  What fun!  Although on the whole, too bad the hawk was not winning.


Beth at PlantPostings said...

We've had a cooper's hawk in the backyard lately. I have mixed feelings about it, because the rabbits are/were definitely out of control. But I don't relish the thought of the hawk capturing the songbirds. I'm giving the feeders a rest, so the songbirds will have a better chance to disperse. It is fascinating to see a hawk capture prey, though.

The Phytophactor said...

Platform feeders with a larger roof provides Cooper's hawk thwarting cover and that leaves doves on the ground of which there are plenty.